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McDonald's delight at dream debut

Dimi Konstantopoulos and Cody McDonald
McDonald rounded off a terrible night for Cardiff keeper Konstantopoulos

Norwich striker Cody McDonald has revealed his delight at scoring just 15 minutes into his professional career.

The former Dartford striker said that scoring in the 2-0 win over Cardiff was a far cry from his life six weeks ago.

The 22-year-old told BBC Radio Norfolk: "Unbelievable, to think this could happen is the most amazing thing ever.

"I was working with my mates doing scaffolding, getting up in the freezing cold, but thankfully the gaffer's given me the chance to be a professional."

McDonald broke free of the Cardiff defence in the final minute of the game to secure a 2-0 lead against the promotion-chasing Bluebirds.

The former non-league hitman said when the opportunity broke for him, in front of 25,000 fans, it was a daunting moment.

"Terrifying, all you hope is that at the end of it your fans are going to be cheering for you, you just have to blank everything out and hope for the best," he said.

What a great experience for him - I'm glad we've given him that experience. Hopefully we'll see a lot more from him

Norwich boss Bryan Gunn

"To play in front of that sort of crowd is just unbelievable, it's something I thought I'd never achieve, but thankfully I have."

Bryan Gunn signed McDonald for £25,000 from Dartford in January after a run which saw him score 19 goals in 17 games for the Ryman Premier League club.

The fact that McDonald was one of the Norwich manager's first signings was particularly satisfying for Gunn.

"What a great experience for him - I'm glad we've given him that experience, hopefully we'll see a lot more from him, and the likes of Alan Gow and David Mooney, in our remaining games," he said.

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